Oleophobic Coating

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  1. jap1198 macrumors 6502

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    The oleophobic has worn off and now my iPhone attracts fingerprints like crazy.
    Can I go to the Apple Store to have the coating re-applied or to have the screen replaced or will I just have to deal?
     
  2. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, first time I've read something like this

    You could go to the Apple Store and see what a Genious can do for you
     
  3. jap1198 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Will they do anything to it even if the warranty is expired?
     
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    It's really hit or miss. I would go and ask.
     
  5. saving107 macrumors 603

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    I've asked (at several locations), and they always tell me that the coating does wear off and is not covered under warranty.
     
  6. iApache macrumors 6502

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    You can try your luck at the apple store, you never know.

    Since I wear glasses, I carry an extra cloth to clean my phone.
     
  7. rick98761 macrumors 6502

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    This is the reason why I love finding a reason to do a warranty exchange after I've had the phone a while.
     
  8. awadeee macrumors 68020

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    I find that even cheap Chinese aftermarket screen protectors work well to keep fingerprints away. :eek:
     
  9. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a

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    The manual itself states that the coating will wear over time. So I guess its not covered by the warranty. But there is nothing to loose by asking a Genius.
     
  10. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think they will do anything. The only choice if you like the Oleo coating that much is to get a screen protector with a coating such as SGP.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    I had this happen to my 3GS and since then I use Ghost Armor. Not just to protect against scratches but rather to keep the oleophobic coating intact.

    Being a coating, it will off and I'd rather not deal with ensuing problems of a worn off coating.
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I recommend using an anti-glare screen protector; not only protects the screen, but mostly alleviates any issues with fingerprints.
     
  13. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4 (32GB, JB): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Same here. I usually find a reason to get a replacement every three to four months - always for legitimate reasons - but mainly for a new, oleophobic screen.
     
  14. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    I recently had mine replaced for this reason. The genius continuously told me he couldn't see any issue. He actually took a cloth out of his pocket and wiped my screen off and was like "there, see? no fingerprints!".

    I took him over to a display model, grimed up both screens and wiped the display model on my shift a couple of times and asked him to do the same with mine. When he saw the difference he gave me a replacement.
     
  15. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Thanks for keeping costs high for other customers.
     
  16. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4 (32GB, JB): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    No, thank Apple for selling a product that only functions as advertised for two to three months.
     
  17. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    Incredibly stupid comment. The price of these phones will never go down.

    They also have not gone up. Apple offers a service and people take advantage of it. It's the nature of the beast we call society.
     
  18. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Your sense of entitlement is really up there isn't it? I wouldn't blame the phone as much as user error. My naked 4 is as good as day 1. Keep your hands clean more often? :rolleyes:
     
  19. Battlefield Fan macrumors 65816

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    wrong. as another user pointed out the manual states that the coating will wear off. learn to read.
     
  20. vincenz macrumors 601

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    They are high because of people like mavis. I never said the prices will go down.

    The key phrase is "take advantage." Laying the blame on "society" doesn't make it right. :rolleyes: I bet you're the type of person who wishes the government paid for rent/utilities in addition to food stamps.
     
  21. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4 (32GB, JB): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Right, because most people read the user manual before they purchase a product. :rolleyes:

    But, instead of arguing about how ridiculous that line of reasoning is, allow me to simply rephrase my original comment. I wish Apple would make a phone that functions as well after two months of ownership as it does the first day. Since that is not yet the case, I feel I am entitled to regular exchanges, as long as the phone is under warranty.
     
  22. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

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    And what leads you to that assumption? I work for a living and enjoy what I do as well as the ability to buy things for myself and my wife as a reward. Can you say the same?

    Apparently you are living in the dark when it comes to government funding for freeloaders. Ever hear of section 8 housing?
     
  23. Harpoon Spoon macrumors regular

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    If you read the Apple warranty it explains that the olephobic screen is consumable and not covered under warranty. Sorry, you have to suffer like the rest of us. :rolleyes:
     
  24. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    Seems so very wasteful to me that people exchange their products simply because the coating - which as shown as a wear item - has worn off. Even a bit more surprised that someone who appears to hail from Japan engages in this behavior - considering the culture there of recovering resources and minimizing waste.

    If that coating is so important - have you thought to consider treating it better, purchasing a protective film / case or getting the coating reapplied?

    I've got an IP4 nearly a year old - and the coating is still intact. However I also have a launch iPhone - and it was / is very usable without any coating whatsoever.

    A quick search will show vendors who can re-coat, and DIY methods that appear to have worked well for many.

    Then again, the people who feel entitled to more than others - are also the ones who will not make any personal effort, as they expect the lesser masses to do their bidding...
     
  25. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    Hate to break it to you, but they remove the coating when they apply the Ghost Armor. ;)

    It would not adhere properly if they left it there.
     

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